UPRM alumni to pursue his PhD at Ivy League School, University of Pennsylvania

Wilfredo Mendez graduated UPRM last May from Chemical Engineering and Industrial Biotechnology. Just this last August, he began studying at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been taking several courses in Chemical Engineering before diving into his particular project. Mendez’s work will primarily focus on understanding the thermodynamic and transport phenomena that are carried…

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Undergraduate researcher Pablo Diaz recognized at SHPE Conference

Pablo Diaz-Hyland presented his research on swimming of colloidal particles near curved surfaces at the Engineering Science Symposium of the 2017 SHPE National Conference, where he was awarded second place in oral presentations. He also received an award from the 2017 STEM Honors Program, which recognizes high academic achievements among student members of SHPE and…

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Undergraduate research assistant Pablo Diaz granted PR NASA Space Grant Fellowship

Congratulations to Pablo Diaz who has been accepted again for the Puerto Rico NASA Space Grant Fellowship for 2017-2018. This will allow Pablo to continue doing state-of-the-art research with relevance to NASA. Pablo will work this semester in reaction-enhanced diffusivity using nonlinear microrheology techniques. Pablo has demonstrated to have the potential to continue contributing to…

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Undergraduate student Gabriel I. Vega selected for MARC program

Up and coming Chemical Engineering undergraduate student Gabriel I. Vega was recently accepted into the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program at UPRM. MARC is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS) and is designed to identify undergraduate honor students with the potential of pursuing a Ph.D. degree on biomedical related…

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Undergraduate researcher Deyaneira Torres selected for REU at Penn State

Undergraduate research assistant Deyaneira Torres (Department of Chemical Engineering) was selected to participate this  summer in the Interdisciplinary Materials Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program hosted by the Physics Department and the Center for Nanoscale Science at Penn State University. Deyaneira will be studying solid electrolytes under the supervision of Dr. Long-Qing Chen by using computational methods.  Their…

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Janus drops

Learn more about Janus drops by reading the following papers! We have studied the hydrodynamics and rheology of Janus drops under constant flows, shear flows, and gravity.   S. Shklyaev, A. Ivantsov, M. Diaz, and U. M. Córdova-Figueroa, “Dynamics of a Janus drop in an external flow”, Physics of Fluids, 25, 082105 (2013) online pdf…

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Undergraduate research student Hansel Montalvo selected for REU internship at the University of Delaware and MARC program

During summer 2017, the University of Delaware offers Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Undergraduate research student Hansel Montalvo-Castro was selected after a competitive application process to be part of the CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND MATERIALS SCIENCE RESEARCH IN INTERFACING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND MATERIALS PROGRAM. Going through 10-weeks stay on…

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Undergraduate researcher Luis Nieves-Rosado receives prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Undergraduate student and researcher in our group Luis Nieves-Rosado was awarded with the prestigious 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. This important honor represents a clear testament of his potential as successful researcher and a celebration of his hard work for the last few years.  Luis Nieves-Rosado is currently working on a publication about catalytic motors driven by…

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UPRM undergraduate researcher accepted for internship at NASA

Congratulations to undergraduate research assistant Pablo Diaz, who has been accepted to an internship at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He will work at Marshall Space Flight Center, located in Huntsville, Alabama, during Spring 2017. This internship will allow Pablo to engage in scientific research and development to advance NASA’s missions. He will…

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Postdoctoral Research Position in Theoretical Soft Condensed Matter, Fluid Mechanics, and Statistical Physics

A postdoctoral position is available at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UWM) to work in the areas of theoretical soft condensed matter, statistical physics, and fluid mechanics. The postdoctoral fellow will join a NSF-sponsored project exploring modeling of active colloidal particles in complex…

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UCF RG Retreat 2016

Our first group retreat was help last Sunday, September 4, 2016. All the group members met to accomplish a series of tasks, take workshops, and socialize. The retreat was organized as follows: Agenda 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Group icebreaker 8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcoming remarks and agenda discussion 9:00 – 10:00 AM Workshops Productivity…

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Undergraduate researchers from Córdova-Figueroa Group admitted to 2016 REU summer programs

Congratulations to undergraduate students Pablo G. Díaz, Gabriel I. Vega and Luis A. Nieves for being admitted to REU programs for 2016 summer. They will work in areas related to active particles, nano-scale physics and chemistry.   Gabriel I. Vega- REU Louisiana State University (LSU) Pablo G. Díaz –  REU at Carnegie Mellon University (advisor:…

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Postdoctoral Research Position in Theoretical Active Soft Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics

A postdoctoral position is available at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UWM) to work in modeling and simulation of autonomous nano- and micro-motors/devices and complex fluids. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop a simulation code to analyze the motion of active particles…

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Postdoctoral Research Position in Complex Fluids

A postdoctoral position is available at the NSF funded Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (http://ifn.upr.edu) at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) to work in the areas of theoretical soft condensed matter, statistical physics, and fluid mechanics. The postdoc will join a new, dynamic group exploring modeling of colloidal devices and complex fluids. This…

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Postdoctoral Research Position in Active Particles in Biological Systems

A postdoctoral position is available at the Institute for Functional Nanomaterials at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) to work in the areas of biofluids, autonomous nano- and micro-motors/devices, and the design of smart and reconfigurable soft bionanomaterials. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop…

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GRC LC 2015!

Liquid Crystallinity in Soft Matter at and Beyond Equilibrium Gordon Research Conference
June 21-26, 2015
University of New England, Biddeford, ME
Chair: Nicholas Abbott
Vice Chairs: Linda Hirst & Torsten Hegmann

A DNA Representation with a Bead-Spring Model

Our bodies may never stop surprising us with their complexity and perfect mechanics. In its complexity, there are biological functions which occur out of equilibrium, converting chemical to mechanical energy. Due to the importance of DNA it is imperative to study the biological functions that occur in this macromolecule which involves proteins. This is because…

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Postdoctoral Research Position in Theoretical Soft Condensed Matter, Fluid Mechanics, and Statistical Physics

A postdoctoral position is available at the NSF funded Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (http://ifn.upr.edu) at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) to work in the areas of theoretical soft condensed matter, statistical physics, and fluid mechanics. The postdoc will join a new, dynamic group exploring modeling of colloidal devices. This group is lead…

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Graduate student Luis Y. Rivera-Rivera admitted to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Luis Y. Rivera-Rivera, a Mechanical Engineering graduate student and researcher in our group, has been admitted to the Chemical Engineering PhD program of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. In addition to full financial support, Luis has also been selected to receive the prestigiousRackham Merit Fellowship Award. The University of Michigan provides this highly competitive award…

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All undergraduate researchers from Córdova-Figueroa Group admitted to 2015 REU summer programs

Congratulations to undergraduate students Pablo Díaz, Wilfredo Méndez, Gabriel Vega, Luis Nieves, and Carlos Pérez for being admitted to REU programs for 2015 summer. They will work in areas related to blood flow in microcirculation, active particles, nano-scale physics and chemistry, biomedical engineering, and multiphase flow and heat transfer processes.   Pablo Díaz – SURE…

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Diffusivity at a Granular Scale

One may think at first glance, that the diffusivity is a phenomenon limited to the molecular scale. However, diffusivity is also present at the granular level. You may ask, how can granular particles diffuse if there are no stochastic fluctuations at this stage? And even more when one is dealing with granular media at high…

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Postdoctoral Research Position in Theoretical Active Soft Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics

A postdoctoral position is available at the NSF funded Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (http://ifn.upr.edu) at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) to work in the areas of theoretical active soft condensed matter, statistical physics, and fluid mechanics. The postdoc will join a new, dynamic group exploring modeling of active particles, such as catalytic…

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Postdoctoral Research Position in Active Matter and Systems

A postdoctoral position is available at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) to work in the area of active matter and colloidal hydrodynamics. The postdoctoral scholar will study, at a fundamental level, self-propulsion of catalytically driven colloidal particles. This work will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Ubaldo M. Córdova-Figueroa from the…

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All undergraduate researchers from Córdova-Figueroa Group admitted to 2014 REU summer programs

Congratulations to Luis Nieves, Eddie Ramos, Wilfredo Méndez, Alexa González, and Carlos Pérez for being adminited to REU programs for this summer. They will work in areas related to polymer physics, biofluids, autonomous motion of catalytic particles, Brownian dynamics, and molecular dynamics.   Luis Nieves – MURF at California Institute of Technology (advisor: John F.…

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Non-spherical osmotic motor: chemical sailing (JFM)

Sergey Shklyaeva1a2a3, John F. Bradya2 c1 and Ubaldo M. Córdova-Figueroaa1 a1 Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, Mayagüez, PR 00681, USA a2 Divisions of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering and Engineering & Applied Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA a3 Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Perm,…

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